The folks at OMI took a little time off to see what was going on at Design Week Birmingham and it was well worth it. DWB, as it quickly became known, is a multifaceted event that includes installations, lectures, film showings, exhibits, workshops and social gatherings inspired by the belief that design matters. Our highlight of the week was getting to hear, we had front row seats I might add, the keynote “lecture” from Aaron Draplin. Not only is this guy a great artist and graphic designer but he is funny, a little crass, and extremely entertaining.
Here is beautifully written recap of Aaron Draplin’s career thus far… “Bred from the loins of the proud Midwest, this little fucker was squeezed out in Detroit, in the year 1973 to the proud parents of Jim and Lauren Draplin. Growing up on a steady stream of Legos, Star Wars, family trips, little sisters, summer beach fun, stitches, fall foliage, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding, at 19 he moved west to Bend, Oregon to hit jumps “Out West.” His career started with a snowboard graphic for Solid snowboards and took off like wildfire soon after. Everything from lettering cafe signs to drawing up logos to thinking up local advertising campaigns were manhandled under the ruse of the newly formed-and gigantically reckless-Draplindustries Design Co.”
If Aaron Draplin is ever in your area do yourself a favor and get out and go see this guy. Oh, make sure to hit the bathroom before hand because it is a long but very entertaining 2-hour trip with Aaron at the wheel.
See and read more about Aaron here: http://www.draplin.com/info/